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Audi e-tron Sportback, powerful, technological and reserved only for 500


To inaugurate the imminent arrival of the e-tron Sportback, the electric crossover that differs from the twin e-tron for its more dynamic and streamlined bodywork, Audi has launched the e Edition one, which will be made in 500 copies at most that will arrive in dealerships in the second quarter of 2020 at a price of 117,500 euros. Technically the e-tron Sportback Edition one based on the e-tron Sportback 55 Quattro set up with a 95 kWh battery that powers the two engines for a total of 360 HP (power can be increased to 408 HP and 664 Nm of torque, for a duration of 8 seconds) able to push it from 0 to 100 km / h in 5.7 seconds. The declared autonomy of 446 km in the WLTP cycle and “full” can be done with the help of fast columns up to a power of 150 kW.

Aesthetically, the e-tron Sportback Edition One it is characterized by a dedicated metallic plasma blue color with Manhattan gray details, orange colored brake calipers and a panoramic glass roof. For the rest, there are the same customizations as the top of the range S-line Edition set-up: specific bumpers, enlarged air intakes, S line logo on the mask (and on the illuminated door sill) and 21-inch alloy wheels. The list of accesses is completed by Audi Matrix LED headlights, virtual exterior mirrors and adaptive air suspension. The passenger compartment – whose environment made exclusive by LED lighting and darkened insulating crystals – can count on the specific Valcona leather upholstery for the electric heated sports front seats (with adjustable memory) and the lumbar support. The sky in black fabric and the Alcantara covering, with the brushed aluminum inserts, embellish the covering of the doors.

On the e-tron Sportback Edition One there is no lack of the two pluses of the family: the MMI multimedia system with dual display of 10.1 and 8.6 inches and the digital instrumentation Audi virtual cockpit. Audiophiles will have fun with the audio system designed by Bang & Olufsen with three-dimensional sound, specific to the set-up. The four-zone air conditioning system is present. Finally, the equipment includes all Audi’s advanced driver assistance systems with the Tour packages (which includes adaptive cruise control with steering assistance and track maintenance) and City (includes the intersection and traffic assistance system rear cross, lane change warning and exit warning).

March 24, 2020 (change March 24, 2020 | 11:57 am)


what are the consequences of market closures?


In France, the markets are part of the local roots. “According to the latest study on this subject, there are 10,683 food markets in France and they cover all of our territory. Note that around 6,490 municipalities have a food market, or roughly one municipality in 5. Paris has more than 80, Lyon (Rhône-Alpes) 40 and Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône) and Bordeaux (Gironde), almost thirty “, explains Dorothée Lachaud on the 13 Hours set.

Among the products that you find the most on the stalls, fruits and vegetables come first and account for a third of sales. “They are followed by meat, rotisserie, butchery, with 18% of sales and by dairy products, 13% of sales”, continues the journalist. The closure therefore risks having a very significant impact. “The president of the Federation of the markets of France said it in the morning: ‘It is a blow of club.’ A total of 22,628 companies and 27,000 employees sell food products on the markets “, emphasizes Dorothée Lachaud.

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Corona: The machine is at a standstill, the Internet is not – digital


The network is experiencing a kind of resurrection of long forgotten ideals: everyone talks to everyone. And always have this one topic of conversation immediately.

There are artifacts from the past that anticipate the present. One of these cultural works is E. M. Forster’s short science fiction story “The machine stands still”. Due to a catastrophe not explained in detail, people can no longer go outdoors. They now live in underground isolation in standardized living spaces. All physical and psychological needs are served by the very machine that gave the story its name.

In 1909, Forster not only foresaw a state of quarantine as we have only seen it for a week, but also the instrument to alleviate it. And his machine is similar to the Internet. There is the possibility to keep in touch with the other people by means of video telephony, and the machine is questioned on every question of everyday life. The residents’ task: to feed their ideas online and to produce new knowledge.

If you let the permanent creation of memes and funny Twitter clips pass as new knowledge, Forster’s scenario is similar to the present. The “Internet” machine alleviates the social bottlenecks of the quarantine.

But here there are no chance encounters, say the two media artists Danielle Baskin and Max Hawkins, people who are not part of the tight circle. That is why they developed the “Quarantinechat.com” website, which connects you to randomly selected users all over the world. Because everything is handled via the “Dial Up” app, there are not even any fees.

The project “Loveisquarantine.com” turns the level a step higher and tries to connect people with each other. Interested parties provide their phone number and a few personal details, the two makers are the matchmakers, and of course everyone involved afterwards provides information on Instagram about how it went. A Russian creative agency named Shishki has meanwhile launched the “staythefuckhome.bar”. Here you are connected to up to twelve other people via video chat.

Such offers are not new. More than ten years ago there was “Chatroulette”, which became famous quickly and sadly. Mainly because it was not unlikely that the randomly chosen interview partner would hold his genitals in the camera without being asked.

A little hope of decency

There remains a little hope that even in such a moment as now, even hard-boiled internet trolls will find their way back to a little decency and allow the door to their pants. Above all because it is probably the first time that we are experiencing the effects of globalization for everyone. Regardless of whether you are talking to people from Russia, Italy or Chile, whether you are talking to professors or hairdressers – you always immediately have only one topic of discussion, about which everyone has an opinion and a personal experience.

In Forster’s narrative, the machine ultimately collapses without revealing too much. But even if the network nodes get hot, there is currently no indication that the Internet is collapsing. On the contrary.

The corona virus, says Kevin Roose, a columnist for the New York Times, is now forcing us to use the web for what it was intended to do. For networking, information gathering and collaboration. It is teeming with virtual literary evenings, art courses and jam sessions. Perhaps we are now experiencing a more humane form of digital existence, as is otherwise only shown in sleazy advertisements from Internet providers.

Morphoz, the car that comes from the future


You approach and the car greets you. Your Morphoz recognized you. Because an “intelligent vehicle”, modular, industrially made to measure and to be shared (a sequence of contradictions? No, we will see it), autonomously driving and integrated into the ecosystem of the “smart city”.

Morphoz, the car that comes from the future

Morphoz, the car that comes from the future

prescription chloroquine, a conspiracy?


Conspiracy theories flourish on chloroquine, which could be a cure for coronavirus. On Twitter, a message says that chloroquine, which was previously without a prescription, comes “oddly“to be prescribed only by prescription. This decision is in no way linked to the epidemic, confirmed the Directorate General of Health to Franceinfo.

Indeed, hydroxychloroquine has only been available on prescription since January 13, because it has been classified in the list of poisonous substances. Medication is regularly reassessed and authorities have decided to reassess it well before the epidemic. The National Health Security Agency (ANSES) was seized according to documents as early as October 2019. So to say that the government has tried to complicate access to this substance is indeed conspiracy theory.

Superior Court: Insults against Künast are punishable – digital


Renate Künast has now still won. In September, the Berlin district court ruled that online comments like “bastard pig”, “bitch” and even more drastic sexist expressions were not insulting. The Greens politician Renate Künast had sued, against whom the comments were directed. The Berlin district court found that the comments were expressions of opinion and that the artist had to accept the insults. The judgment caused criticism across Germany. Now the next higher instance, the Berlin Higher Regional Court, has largely revised the original judgment of the regional court. This emerges from a decision that the Süddeutsche Zeitung is present.

“The statements have such a massive defamatory content that they can be classified as abusive criticism,” says the judgment of March 11. Künast had sued 22 contributions from users. Already in January, the district court classified at least six of the contributions as insults in a so-called remedial decision. The judges at the Higher Regional Court have now confirmed this decision and rated six further comments as criminal insults. Among them are particularly sexist insults, such as a post in which a Facebook user wrote: “Just rip it through until it becomes normal again.”

“Of course I’m happy about this success and probably a lot of other people affected too,” says Renate Künast. “But as long as there are targeted insults and threats online, I and others will continue to sue. The aim must be that law also arrives in the digital age.” A spokesman for the Berlin Chamber Court was unable to comment on the case promptly due to the corona.

Why users should remain unpunished

The regional court also justified its controversial decision in the autumn that politicians, because of their public role, would have to accept much more massive criticism than ordinary citizens. In their verdict, the judges of the Chamber Court now questioned whether the current legal situation was still up to date. The same goes for attorney Severin Riemenschneider, who represented Renate Künast in court: “In times of increasing agitation and violence against politicians, the question arises whether the legal system and the judiciary need to be more protective of political decision-makers.” The fatal attack on CDU politician Walter Lübcke had shown that agitation could result in violence. “This decision of the Chamber Court is also important because it expresses criticism of the current legal situation and the previous case law of the Federal Constitutional Court,” said Künast.

Since the court did not rate a total of ten contributions as an insult, Riemenschneider announced that he would like to examine whether a complaint to the Federal Constitutional Court could now succeed in a next step.

“We are happy that the Higher Regional Court has recognized the grossly inhumane and degrading insults we are dealing with here,” said Anna-Lena von Hodenberg of the Hate Aid organization, which supports victims of online agitation. “Sexualized violence against women is the order of the day on the Internet,” says von Hodenberg. However, the current judgment is only a partial success. Hate Aid had funded the litigation costs in the current proceedings.

Whether the users behind the insulting Facebook posts are punished is still unclear, according to the current judgment. Künast had complained that Facebook was permitted under the Telemedia Act to disclose the IP address of the users, among other things. With this IP address, a home address and the real name of a user can be determined by querying Internet providers such as Telekom. So it now depends on whether Facebook and the Internet providers pass on the corresponding user data. After the introduction of the package of measures against hate crime, which is to be decided in the next few months, this complicated route would no longer be necessary in many cases – the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) would already have saved the IP address. The Federal Government wants to oblige social media companies such as Facebook to forward data from users to the BKA if they have possibly posted criminal offenses

In the fight against criminal online incitement, judges will soon play an even more important role than before. Judges on site will then decide whether users are really convicted in the end. After an examination, the BKA will pass the cases on to local public prosecutors. Given the mass of posts that delete social media every year, judges could face several hundred thousand cases across Germany. Where courts draw the line between criminal content and freedom of expression in individual cases will be one of the most important questions in the fight against so-called hate speech.

Covid-19, the auto industry mobilizes FCA offers ambulances, Ferrari technicians


The auto world is also mobilizing to support the country in the fight against Covid-19. FCA Bank and its subsidiary Leasys have made available to the Italian Red Cross a fleet of 300 Fiat Jeep cars and five bio-containment ambulances based on Fiat Ducato.

The partnership with CRI

From the beginning of the emergency

, the 700 territorial committees of the Italian Red Cross have guaranteed relief, logistical, health, psychological support and the safe transport of cases requiring hospitalization or home care. The CRI has transformed this serious moment in time of kindness, intensifying support services for the most vulnerable, such as home deliveries of food, medicines and basic necessities, in addition to social transport. Thanks to the generous donation from FCA Bank and its subsidiary Leasys – said the President of CRI, Francesco Rocca – we will be able to enhance the services and be even closer to all those people who currently need more support. FCA Bank and Leasys, for their part, said in a statement proud to be able to actively contribute to the initiatives of the Italian Red Cross.

The Maranello initiative

In the meantime, Ferrari is checking the possibility of producing components for lung ventilators and respirators in Maranello. The study, according to what reported by Reuters, there would be the possible collaboration with Magneti Marelli and Siare Engineering, a company specializing in medical equipment to which the Italian government would have asked for a substantial increase in the production of lung fans and respirators to deal with the emergency coronavirus. According to rumors, Ferrari could provide technicians and skills to increase the production of fan parts. In particular, the Formula 1 team in fact has engineering skills that could accelerate the production of the units.

The possible conversions

Appeals to the automotive industry have also been launched in the United States and the United Kingdom. In America, both Ford and General Motors said they were available. A spokesman for GM’s managing director, Mary Barra, has made it known that the company is in close contact with the White House and is working to identify all possible solutions for the conversion of spaces to produce medical equipment and thus support the nation in this difficult moment. In Britain, Premier Boris Johnson has invited some manufacturers, such as Ford, Honda, Jaguar and Toyota, to evaluate the feasibility of producing medical kits. The seven UK-based Formula 1 teams (McLaren, Mercedes, Racing Point, Red Bull, Haas, Renault and Williams) are already studying a plan together with the government to temporarily convert their factories to producing pulmonary ventilators.

March 24, 2020 (change March 24, 2020 | 12:05)


Corona-Hackaton #WirvsVirus – Digital – SZ.de.


Instead of recovering from the first week in the home office and finally closing the laptops, 27,000 volunteers also spent the weekend at home in front of their screens. At the #WirvsVirus hackathon, designers, project developers, programmers and many other specialists worked together to find solutions to problems in the corona crisis.

They were, as it were, commissioned by the citizens themselves. Last week, the various federal ministries had made suggestions as to what should be dealt with in the nationwide hackathon. In order to distribute the mass of volunteers to projects in a meaningful way, the organizers picked out a number of problems posed by the new type of corona virus: How can it be better to keep away from everyday life – “social distancing” – in the next few weeks? How can people from the risk group be supported when shopping? And how can the nationwide capacities of hospital beds be bundled on one platform?

Ana Tibubos, 35, and Jasper Synowski, 25, met in one of the projects this weekend. Only virtually, of course – Tibubos, Synowski and the 23 other team members communicated via video chat and Slack, a messenger service for companies. “Above all, I was impressed by how productive everyone was, there were no going it alone, everyone thought about where they could best help,” says the student Synowski in the video chat. He shares the chat window with his teammate Tibubos, a psychologist from Mainz.

At first both thought that the hackathon was only aimed at programmers. Nevertheless, they signed up and were surprised at how much they could contribute: “We worked together in a totally interdisciplinary team, but there were no hierarchies, everyone found their way around,” says Tibubos. Together with the other volunteers in their group, their goal was to develop a platform that helps people to better deal with the psychological challenges of the crisis.

The result is a newly created website called “Mental Mentor” with suggestions such as a gratitude diary, which should put positive aspects in the foreground in times of isolation. But also a scientific questionnaire on the basis of which recommendations for finding a therapy place or virtual therapy offers are offered.

The idea for the gigantic corona hackathon comes from Estonia. The digital flagship country had organized a similar project a week earlier. Many German digital workers followed the events in Estonia via Twitter, including Christina Lang. She works for the non-profit start-up “Tech4Germany”, which has been helping the federal government to digitize its citizen service since 2018. “I thought: we definitely need that here too,” says Lang. The idea quickly took off in her professional and private network, and more and more people wanted to help organize the hackathon. By Saturday, a 100-strong organization team had gathered around the core team of nine people from seven digital initiatives.

Christina Lang and her fellow campaigners were also able to convince the German government of their idea on Wednesday. “Unanimously”, as digital state secretary Dorothee Bär (CSU) told the opening live stream on YouTube to more than ten thousand viewers on Friday, the Federal Cabinet decided to support the initiative. Federal Chancellor Helge Braun (CDU) took over the patronage for the hackathon.

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On Friday evening there was the kick-off on YouTube, in which the organizers addressed the participants via livestream. Then the problems submitted from a long list could choose the project they wanted to work on. Communication within the teams was via Slack. But registering 42,000 people there at the same time was too much. So many originally signed up for the hackathon. The program stalled, and some participants had to wait ten hours to be invited to Slack. At least 27,000 remained.

On Saturday morning, almost 1,500 project teams came together in their own communication channels on Slack. From then on, ideas were collected, discussed and tasks distributed in video conferences. The programmers worked together on codes, graphic designers designed logos. Other volunteers took care of the first content and social media posts. For example, the “Save Harvest” team tackled the problem that 300,000 seasonal workers might be missing in the fields in spring. Together they set up a website by Sunday, which bundles various existing offers, in which harvest helpers and farmers should come together.

The project idea “Happy Home” was about making a virtual classroom with video conference function available to students and teachers via an app, through which the teaching material can be further developed. Students can also collect points during class, which they can then exchange for games or sports instructions in the “leisure area”. Even after class, the students can virtually meet classmates in times of isolation, play with each other and exchange ideas in chat.

How can you bring together helpful students and people from the risk group?

Not everything at the hackathon was about the digital world. A key challenge was how to reach seniors for whom the internet is actually still new territory. For example, students who want to make good use of the extended lecture-free period could shop for the elderly or people from risk groups or go for a walk with their dogs. Analog solutions were also considered, such as those in need of help sticking a note to the mailboxes or reporting to a telephone exchange to be brought together with a helper on site.

Within a few weeks, the spread of the coronavirus has ensured that the healthcare system has to prepare for an emergency. Several hackathon teams also worked on ideas on how to bundle the capacity of hospital beds on a platform or how to recruit and organize additional nursing staff. The prototype “easy-care”, which was created during the hackathon, is an app that in the future could also provide laypersons with basic knowledge about care so that they can be used as helpers in the event of shortages.

On Sunday afternoon, all of the teams were busy producing a short explanatory video about their project. In the large overall chat, cutting tools and free software for fonts were exchanged online. At around 6 p.m., the participants uploaded their more than 1,400 introductory videos to the hackathon’s working platform.

Many projects should be able to be implemented with the help of the government

This week, all videos are to land on Youtube, where everyone can view the preliminary results of the teams. A jury consisting of mentors, members of the organizational team and the chancellery will later evaluate the projects for their social benefit and quick implementation. The Federal Government has promised to implement and further promote the best ideas and solutions from the hackathon as quickly as possible.

At the “closing party” on Youtube, a last live stream of the hackathon, many colorful hearts flew through the chat channel for the organization team. Many volunteers were grateful to actively do something about the Corona crisis at the weekend, instead of just watching the rising number of infections. Christina Lang and her colleagues say that they are now dependent on the participants continuing to commit themselves to their ideas “in order to get them out onto the street quickly”.

Chancellor and patron Helge Braun was impressed in a video message: “It was obviously the largest hackathon that has been carried out worldwide.” The previous record number of participants in a hackathon was 3,245 in Russia. However, this was done in an analogous manner, the hackers sat opposite each other. Braun said he felt obliged to help that as many ideas as possible “land in reality” where they could be used.

Coronavirus: the containment measures studied


Are some French people lacking in rigor in the application of containment? This is what the Council of State seems to think, which is calling on the government to clarify the rules by Tuesday evening March 24 on many points. Maintaining open markets, exits for health reasons and those related to physical activity are particularly concerned. The Council of State however rejected the choice of a total containment.

“The State does not have the means to organize the provisioning at home of the French”, he said. Stricter measures are nevertheless requested by interns and young doctors. “There are, of those which seem to us the most essential, the closing of all businesses not vital to people “, says Emanuel Loeb, president of “Young Physicians”. Since Monday March 23, the French must respect a perimeter of one kilometer during their outings.

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Coronavirus: How monitoring against the virus could help


Other countries are gathering massive amounts of data to fight Covid-19. What measures is Germany planning? What does cell phone tracking bring? And would that be legal?